Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)

A plant with a heart of gold!

Let's Get to the Heart of the Matter!


What is that weird spiny plant you glance at as you roam through the produce section of the grocery store?


It may look something like this...

Whole Globe Artichokes

I'm sure you may wonder, as I did, how is this even edible?!

Turns out, this plant is not only delicious to eat, but also has a variety of medicinal properties! It has been documented that the Globe Artichoke (Cynara scolymus) has the ability to stimulate the flow of bile and other digestive juice, detoxify the liver, lower blood pressure, and so much more! 

Each part of this plant has its own unique qualities!

Whether it be the seeds...

Globe Artichoke Seeds


Or the leaves...


Arichoke Leaves


Or any other part of this unique organism, the artichoke has something to offer everyone!

But before we can learn about everything that the Globe Artichoke has provided us with, we must take the opportunity to appreciate this organism and the various facets of it's life.


Take a look at how this organism got it's NAME!


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